Inspiring Impact Conference showcases research impact on a global stage

Posted on 25th November 2016

The Business and Management Research Conference at the University of Chester showcased the exciting and dynamic research being carried out in the Faculty of Business and Management, and celebrated multiple awards supported by international professional bodies.

Terry Smith, Senior Lecturer in Marketing; Dr Tony Wall, Faculty Reader (Associate Professor) and Deputy Head of Department; Henry Sidsaph, research student; Dr Ann Hindley, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tourism and Events Management; Vicky Evans, Programme Leader for Global Entrepreneurship; Mark Jamieson, Professional Doctorate student and executive coaching consultant and Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management.
Terry Smith, Senior Lecturer in Marketing; Dr Tony Wall, Faculty Reader (Associate Professor) and Deputy Head of Department; Henry Sidsaph, research student; Dr Ann Hindley, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tourism and Events Management; Vicky Evans, Programme Leader for Global Entrepreneurship; Mark Jamieson, Professional Doctorate student and executive coaching consultant and Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management.

Two researchers won a prize sponsored by the Global Centre for Work Applied Learning (GCWAL), worth £1,500, for their work in ‘Exploring the benefits of tourism experiences for seniors’. The prize was in recognition of the international impact of their work.

Dr Anne Hindley, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tourism and Events Management  recently attended the GCWAL World Congress on Learning for Change and Innovation, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

Dr Anne Hindley, who presented at the conference, said: “It has been a privilege to attend and we were delighted to win this prize for international impact. The subject of tourism, health and ageing resonated with the entire audience, not just because of the academic and business nature of the conference. Everyone had a story to tell about an elderly relative (or themselves), the health system and their travel experiences. They could all see the value in pursuing the research vigorously, showing the importance of our own research in this area.”

Dr Marmion and Dr Hindley received their award at the University of Chester’s research conference for the Faculty of Business and Management. The awards were sponsored by the Chartered Association of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Global Centre for Work Applied Learning (GCWAL), and the University’s thanks go to them for being inaugural sponsors of the conference.

Three other researchers in the Faculty of Business and Management won Highly Commended awards, sponsored by GCWAL, for the international impact of their research:

  • Henry Sidsaph, research student, for his work on ‘The role of Sustainable Development in advancing innovation and competitive advantage in small companies within Alternative Food Networks’ 
  • Terry Smith, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, for ‘A critical inquiry into the roots and uses of marketing knowledge’
  • Vicky Evans, Programme Leader for Global Entrepreneurship, and her team for their work on the ‘Resilience Cascade’ and Vicky’s work into ‘Entrepreneurial Resilience’. Resilience Cascade is a research project looking into how managers manage resilience in the workplace. Entrepreneurial resilience is a research project exploring the processes that entrepreneurs go through to persist with their venture.

In addition, researchers in the Faculty also won awards sponsored by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) for making an impact on the professions:

  • Karen Cregan, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Jo Lowndes Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Learning Disability, for their work on ‘Supporting mental health strategies for wellbeing in higher education’.
  • Mark Jamieson, doctoral researcher and executive coaching consultant, for his work on ‘Strategic investment or costly obligation? How senior management perceive evaluation of executive coaching’.  
  • Vicky Evans and team for their work on ‘Resilience Cascade’. 

Dr Tony Wall, Reader (Associate Professor) and Deputy Head of Department, was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research Culture in the Faculty of Business and Management.

Dr Wall said: “The Faculty is proud of the impact its research is having all over the world and its research conference serves as an annual showcase. 

“With six International Research Excellence Awards, involving collaborative projects with colleagues in the US, Australia, South Africa, and Russia, and an impressive number of grants, contracts and advisory roles secured, its research is of international renown.

“Closer to home, our recent research is helping to underpin the new degree apprenticeships and is being presented in the House of Commons. 

“Our congratulations go to all our staff and students awarded at our research conference and involved in vital research across the Faculty."

The Faculty has over 70 doctoral researchers, tackling issues of global importance, and over 100 published outputs in 2015. Its current research includes:

  •  a governmental contract to be one of the first to lead the delivery of the innovative new Higher Degree Apprenticeship agenda
  • four research and knowledge transfer grants to investigate manager resilience, working across business, health, and educational organisations

  • three REF (Research Excellence Framework) Quality Research grants to investigate: alternative approaches to management education in Australia; Ageing and Tourism; and Higher Degree Apprenticeships

  • three Erasmus+ grants to lead collaborative projects in France and the Netherlands, and contribute to the reform of the Russian higher education system

  • four teaching and learning innovation grants

  • a contract to enhance community engagement through sport in the region.